New grips from Herrett’s for my odd (unique?) but useful little S & W .22. I have put Herrett stocks on all my DA revolvers for years– I recommend them without reservation.
The other? Well, I have cut my “collection” radically to what I can really use. But– well, here is what i wrote to my friend Daniel in California who might possibly also be addicted to Good Stuff:
“I did something– not DUMB, but faintly embarrassing– I somewhat impulsively acquired– NOT “bought”, my excuse– another shotgun-!
“What happened: I had a large amount of non- cash credit at Ron’s from getting rid of my “collection”, too much to get back in cash by far. It wasn’t burning a hole in my pocket, but as Lib helpfully reminded me its cash value was shrinking.
“I was reading over a lot of vintage stuff for the project. Deep in Elmer Keith I casually remarked:”You know, if I could find a classic US double in 16/ 28′, say 6 1/2 or almost 7 pounds– a “Keith- Askins” rather than a 26″ “O’Connor”– it would be cool to get it for sit- down dove and the rare duck– at least if we didn’t have to pay– maybe even open it up for steel– barrels would be thick…” Just musing. Dear enabling Lib said, “well, if Ron got one in”. Still fantasizing I said, “Parkers and Foxes are too expensive, LC’s too iffy, Lefevers too old. Now IF he ever got a 16 Ithaca NID…”
“Understand, though I was looking at photos in Elmer’s ’49 (?) book I hadn’t seen one in a decade…
“SO I walk in last Sat on our way to SF and there is, of course, a plain Field Grade NID 16 with 28” barrels.
“It was (not badly) refinished which cut price but not offensive to me. All functional, good trigger pulls, safety built up to use with gloves and NON auto– both pluses. It is a “57 Chevy” (actually made in 1936) to [any car geeks out there?] the Manufrance’s Citroen “Traction Avant” or the Sidley’s– ??– MG TC, but that is OK. It CRIES for a vintage Chevy- esque red rubber recoil “Ithaca sunburst” recoil pad which I have already ordered. It weighs the desired six and a half, has a pistol grip, and is SCARILY tightly choked as it is marked and EK liked– some must come out or I will pulverize anything under 40 yards!
“No excuse at all for more unless I lose one of these– unlikely!”
Daniel kindly reassured me:
“Incredible story about the Ithaca 16 – no mere coincidence that, or addict’s relapse, “someone” was looking out for you (although I did like the description “dear enabling Lib”). Thank goodness I don’t have a place like Ron’s to pass by on my way into the city…”
On deck: dog pix (mine and relatives); River Monsters; a preview of new Tom Russell stuff, an interview with Lauren, and probably more, bigger, better & worse…